The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a four-year, $42 million contract with free agent big man Jon Leuer, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. Pistons beat writers are reporting the deal is actually $41 million.
Leuer is a stretch big man who finally emerged last season as a member of the Phoenix Suns. Leuer shot 38 percent from deep on 110 attempts. Leuer is 6-foot-10 and 228 pounds. As a member of the Suns he split his time pretty evenly between power forward and center. He has the size to both people in the paint but the athleticism to hold his own on the perimeter and on switches.
We discussed Leuer as an attractive free agent candidate when these rumors first emerged yesterday. The nickel version of his appeal -- positional versatility, decent defense, reliable 3-point range, quality rebounder, ability to get to the free-throw line and just turned 27 years old.
He is likely to replace Anthony Tolliver in the Pistons rotation. While Tolliver has a more reliable history as a 3-point marksman, he was more of a specialist who provided little else on the floor. Tolliver is also already 31 years old.
What do you think, DBB?